Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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ARM
by mnem0 on Wed 25th Feb 2009 14:36 UTC
mnem0
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2006-03-23

Repeat after me: Win7 does _not_ run on ARM. Read it again, _understand_ what it means.

Microsoft was do pre-occupied with their Vista mess that they lost track of where the market was going.

Half of the market basically only needs surfing and watching movies etc, now are they doing to get a less than 1cm thick netbook, with no fans that runs for hours and hours and pay $199 fpr it OR are they going to buy a really slow $300 netbook with a fan and less battery time?

The revolution is here, even Red Hat is getting back into the desktop business. OMG ITS THE YEAR OF THE THE LINUX DESKTOP!!!!1

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RE: ARM
by DigitalAxis on Wed 25th Feb 2009 15:54 in reply to "ARM"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Windows Mobile runs on ARM though. If they just sink their time and money in there once Windows 7 is over, they could build it into something truly impressive. I'm sure they want to, seeing as they're now competing against more than Symbian in the cell phone OS space.

Of course, Windows Mobile on ARM is not Windows XP unless they invent a magical full-speed x86 emulator for ARM. My guess is that they will simultaneously try to improve Windows Mobile, and make a massive ad campaign about how you can't run your favorite Windows programs on these netbooks that are therefore useless. No WoW, no deal!

Edited 2009-02-25 15:56 UTC

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RE[2]: ARM
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 25th Feb 2009 18:07 in reply to "RE: ARM"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

If someone's main reasons to buy a new computer include the ability to play WOW and run other resource-intensive software, then a netbook is a pretty stupid buy in the first place. Small screen, battery power, low specs, and cramped up keyboard are a few things that come to mind as something that would completely kill the idea of any possible gaming sessions.

I hope other OSes get a foothold on ARM netbooks before Microsoft has the chance to bring their monopoly to yet another market (well... kind of, if you look at them in a different light than Atom netbooks). Last thing I want to see is them dominating yet *another* processor on the market with their crap. This is a good time for someone else to finally rise.

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